What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Dry skin is a classified skin type, inherited through your genetics. It’s predisposed to inadequate production of the skin’s natural oils. This could be connected to a hormonal imbalance or an underactive thyroid which can further inhibit the production of sebum, resulting in a complexion that is dry and lacklustre in appearance.
Dehydrated skin is a lack of water, not oil. It is a skin condition, so even oily skin types can be dehydrated! Dehydrated skin has lost its ability to retain moisture, often caused by external elements (cold windy weather), the winter season (heaters dry out the air), lengthy airplane flights, unhealthy diet (lack of fresh raw produce) and lifestyle choices (consumption of alcohol and caffeine). All these factors deplete the skin’s water content, resulting in a less than supple appearance. Fortunately, this skin condition is often temporary and can be relieved with a combination of skin treatments and a healthy diet and lifestyle.
4 Signs of dehydrated skin:
- Itchy skin – avoid over-washing and use gentle moisturising products to soothe irritation and return your skin’s natural moisture balance. Avoid glycolic and salicylic acids. Try our Organic Spa Cream Cleanser.
- Increased sensitivity – use gentle products free from harsh chemicals and fragrances and avoid retinols, stimulating products (alcohol-based toners) and peels until the sensitivity subsides. Organic Spa Intense Moisturiser or Moisture Rich should do the trick.
- Parched and weathered – a hollow look, flaky dry spots mostly on the forehead, dark circles under the eyes and a tired appearance. Use our gentle Organic Spa Exfoliant to buff away flakes and dead skin and brighten up your complexion whilst getting a little extra shut eye to improve dark circles under the eyes.
- Fine lines & wrinkles – gently pinch the skin on your cheeks. If fine lines are evident on your cheeks and you have fine lines around the eyes, then you are dehydrated. Hyaluronic acid is extremely effective in retaining the skin’s hydration. Our “Radiant Biohydra treatment” contains deeply hydrating ingredients to plump up the skin when used together with Organic Spa Biohydra Serum and Vitamin C with various moisturisers available according to your skin type. In addition, you can improve hydration around the delicate eye area with Organic Spa Intense Eye Treatment or Eye Balm.
Don’t forget to reduce alcohol and coffee intake and increase the intake of water-rich fruits and raw vegetables such as celery and cucumber.
Drinking water does not hydrate your skin! It is important though as it helps the body remove toxins and keeps the body functioning correctly.